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ICC Champions Trophy clash a boost for Indo-Pak relationship, hopes PCB

Wasim Bari feels that the outcome of the match should be taken in a sporting manner and nothing more

ICC Champions Trophy clash a boost for Indo-Pak relationship, hopes PCB - Cricket News
Cricket is seen as a bonding tool by both the nations.
Pakistan will lock horns with their archrivals India in the upcoming Champions Trophy as PCB is hopefull that the encounter would be the first step towards improving bilateral relationship. "I just hope the Pakistani and Indians living in South Africa take the match as a sport and there is no bitterness from it," Wasim Bari, Chief Operating Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said today.

"The final outcome must be accepted sportingly and I hope the expatriates and visitors from both the countries enjoy the match only as a sport and nothing more," he added. Pakistan will take on India at Centurion on September 26.

This would be the first ODI between the two countries after the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year, which strained the bilateral relationship. The Indian government did not allow its cricketers to travel Pakistan earlier this year for a scheduled Test series, while the latter also stopped their players from appearing in the Indian Premier League.

"It is a good opportunity for people of both countries to come together and enjoy a good cricket contest. The match can also serve to improve relations and remove any distrust. This is a sport and the result should be accepted sportingly," said Bari, who is also a former captain.

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